4. Men, Sports, and Yoga

  1. Liz Stillwaggon Swan PhD
  1. Barbara Purcell and
  2. Andrew Shaffer

Published Online: 6 OCT 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9781118121450.ch4

Yoga - Philosophy for Everyone: Bending Mind and Body

Yoga - Philosophy for Everyone: Bending Mind and Body

How to Cite

Purcell, B. and Shaffer, A. (2011) Men, Sports, and Yoga, in Yoga - Philosophy for Everyone: Bending Mind and Body (ed L. S. Swan), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118121450.ch4

Author Information

  1. Order of St. Nick, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 6 OCT 2011
  2. Published Print: 14 OCT 2011

Book Series:

  1. Philosophy for Everyone

Book Series Editors:

  1. Fritz Allhoff

Series Editor Information

  1. Western Michigan University, USA

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470658802

Online ISBN: 9781118121450



  • men, sports and yoga in the Western world;
  • yoga's gender gap, an oddity limited to the Western world;
  • India and yoga, dominated by men;
  • Western yoga studios;
  • one-on-one yoga sessions, outside gyms and studios;
  • yoga and Western cultures, and a cultural gender bias;
  • competing against their own bodies;
  • competing against other people;
  • form of competition from within oneself;
  • competing against their own egos


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Mark's Story: ‘It was like Line Dancing for the First Time’

  • Carl's Story: ‘Everyone Avoids the Front and Center in Class’

  • Jake's Story: ‘The only Judging going on is in my Own Head’

  • Competing against their own Bodies (but is it More than a Workout?)

  • Competing against other People (perhaps the Real Competition is within Yourself)

  • Competing against their Own Egos (Playing Nice with your Ego)